Tuesday 8th July was Cranleigh's big day and the storm clouds loomed above us but miraculously they disappeared whilst the RHS Judges toured the High Street. We started with a short presentation in the Parish offices surrounded by flower arrangements by the U3A Flower Arrangers, sunflowers made by the Brownies and the pupils from St Joseph's Specialist School and a crane made by pupils at Glebelands School. We were then escorted by the Brownies along Village Way to the Millenium sculpture. From here we drove along the High Street to the Cricket Club to meet the Cranleigh Community Group, who all lined up next to their wonderful raised beds, which were full of sunflowers and sweet peas that they had grown from seed and lots of fantastic sunflowers made from paper plates and coloured paper shapes. The Judges were amazed thay they had created such a lovely display for Cranleigh in Bloom.
The pond on Cranleigh Common has been cleared and planted
We walked past the pond, home to Great Crested newts and along the Common past lots of lovely gardens, whist we chattered about the history of Cranleigh and how the Common is maintained before admiring the new planting at the War Memorial and meeting for a press call in Fountain Square, where lots of people had gathered to meet the Judges. The whole High Street was immaculate after various teams of litter pickers and weeders had done their stuff! We then worked our way past the various floral displays to St Nicolas' church where we met pupils from the Sun class at Cranleigh Primary School, who had made even more sunflowers and the Lych Gate had been beautifully decorated by Val Watts.
Tulips planted in Fountain Square
Our last stage was to see Mead Road, the Obelisk and then be escorted across the main road by the Mayoress to Little Manor Gardens before ending up at the Arts Centre for a wonderful Tea Party prepared by the U3A Garden Club, Mead Road and the WI. Cranleigh in Bloom was being judged throughout the route but the Judges were so encouraging and enthusiastic that it was a lovely occasion and made all the hard work worthwhile.
The Cranleigh in Bloom Committee would like to thank everyone for their enthusiatic support and hardwork, which made this initiative so successful. Cranleigh in Bloom seems to have captured the village's imagination and made us even more proud of our village. Unfortunately, we will not know the results until September but keep your fingers crossed and do keep picking up litter and pulling out weeds when you see them!
Cranleigh in Bloom would like to thank everyone involved for their support of the project. It has been wonderful to see people working together in partnership in lots of different ways to make Cranleigh Bloom!!
The winners of the best hanging baskets are:-
1st Natural Life
Special merit Cranleigh Community Group.
The winners of the best troughs are:-
2nd Cubbitt & West
If you would like to participate and support Cranleigh in Bloom, we would love to hear from you. You don't need to have great gardening skills, there are lots of different ways in which you can get involved, from watering the plants, helping on the committee, delivering leaflets or just telling people about the difference that this project has made to our community. Contact Gill Ford on 01483 277767 for details.
Lots of hard work has been put into Cranleigh in Bloom for 2014 as you can see in the photographs below:
Aliums planted in Fountain Square
Glorious hanging baskets on the High Street
Volunteers planting at the War Memorial